Friday, October 01, 2004

New Recuits 1 - Johnny Appleseed

OK, let's get this done. Johnny Appleseed, he's just this guy, you know?

I think I used that once before, but it fits. This is the Duck, for those who haven't guessed.

He's ex-special forces. I have conflicting reports that put him in the Navy SEALs and the Army Rangers, and I'm not at all sure that it's possible to be in both. At any rate, the more complete records place him in a special unit in the Army Rangers. He's supposed to be involved in small unit combat on every continent (yeah, that includes Antartica).

It might have been in Antartica where it all started to go wrong. Reports on that mission are sketchy, but the mission was authorized by the NSA, and involved sketchy reports of an archeological dig gone wrong. He got back, with 16% of his unit. He retired, or was retired, immediately thereafter and resolutely refuses to talk about his past.

He's very good with many different styles of combat, and he's smart. He's been trained to effectively deal with unusual situations in the field without coming unglued, and whatever his other mental conditions, his mind still retains that ability. His services are available as a mercenary; we've used him, as an independent operator, on a few missions in the Yukon Territory, and he's done very well.

But he is a little off. In particular, he has an unnatural affection for apples (Tayrn has already sent me out to purchase some particularly good hard cider, in case he does join (Now that's the kind of mission I like. It goes without saying that, in order to get the right Cider, I have to have samples). Tayrn thinks it's probably the symbolic aspect of loving a "pure" America and therefore loving Apples as a symbol of that lost purity. Me, I think the guy probably just really likes apples.

Anyway that's him in a nutshell. He'll make a good field agent; particularly if we have to go out in the country or off the beaten path.

1 comment:

Bryant said...

Out of Character Comment.

Obviously if anybody wants to post here in character, observations or comments on a character, I think that would be very cool (Even Rufus, Johnny A, or Darren could, on the theory that both Rufus and Darren have the skills to find a website)

Also, none of this is gospel; this is just want The Duck thinks he found out about you. If you like it, it's what really happened. If you don't like it, the Duck was following the wrong guy or he bought the cover story or something.